Jazz Trail Reviews Darren Barrett’s “The Opener”

September 14, 2017Reviews

Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail With his dB-ish project, Canadian trumpeter Darren Barrett excavates voguish ground by merging different styles such as post-bop and hip-hop with a nice, cool touch, and then spicing it with the addition of electronic samples and other valuable soundscapes. Barrett’s music background includes a graduation at Berklee College of Music and … Read More

Textura Reviews Darren Barrett’s “The Opener”

September 14, 2017Reviews

Ron Schepper, Textura Darren Barrett is nothing if not adventurous. Leader of the dB Quintet, Energy In Motion, dB-ish, and dB Treyo and a professor in the Ensemble Department at his Boston alma mater Berklee College of Music, the trumpeter has issued albums honouring the Bee Gees and Amy Winehouse, and performed and recorded with … Read More

Italian Based Argonauta Magazine Reviews Ed Neumeister’s “Wake Up Call”

September 10, 2017Reviews

Roberto Binda, Argonauta Magazine Abbiamo incontrato il trombonista Ed Neumeister lo scorso novembre in occasione del meraviglioso progetto “Ubuntu” condiviso con il chitarrista brasiliano Lupa Santiago. Ora lo ritroviamo con un disco estremamente ambizioso, registrato con la newyorkese NEU HAT ENSEMBLE. “Wake up Call” é un’avvincente viaggio nel fascino senza tempo delle Big Band, quelle più … Read More

Gapplegate Music Reviews Don Braden & Joris Teepe’s “Conversations”

September 7, 2017Reviews

Gregory Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Music What can still be can satisfy when it is put together just right. Conversations (Creative Perspective Music 3004) by bassist Joris Teepe and tenor-flautist Don Braden is one of those kind of sessions. It is a tenor-bass-drum lineup that accentuates forward momentum swinging in a loosely cohesive, very inter-conversational way. The emphasis … Read More

Gapplegate Music Reviews BJ Jansen’s “Common Ground”

September 7, 2017Reviews

Gregory Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Music For anyone who loves the baritone sax there is a recent album by the adept B.J. Jansen, his baritone and a most illustrious gathering of hard boppers. It is entitled Common Ground  (RoninJazz 20170501). The program consists of originals by Jansen and others, a cornucopia of contemporary bop tunes that open things … Read More

Ed Neumeister’s “Wake Up Call” Reviewed in the Aquarian Weekly

August 31, 2017Reviews

by Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly I got my Wake Up Call this morning from Meistero Music, and put on my new hat in honor of Ed Neumeister & his NeuHat Ensemble. Man, this thing swings! Its eight originals by the multi-talented Neumeister are diverse, engaging, entertaining and sounds best if played really loud. Dude’s a trombone man, conductor, … Read More

Matt Holman’s “The Tenth Muse” Reviewed by Jazz Views

August 28, 2017Reviews

by Chris Baber, Jazz Views The 16 pieces on this CD are named after fragments of poetry written 2,500 years ago by the Greek poetess Sappho.  The fragments are included in the booklet accompanying the recording, in Ancient Greek and in translation (by Anne Carson), and range from several lines to short phrases, e.g, ‘of … Read More

MusicalMemoirs’s Blog Reviews Darren Barrett’s dB-ish “The Opener” and Jorginho Neto’s “Harlem”

August 25, 2017Features, Reviews

DARREN BARRETT – “dB-ISH – THE OPENER” dB Studios Darren Barerett, trumpet/keyboards/percussion; Santiago Bosch, piano/keyboards; Alexander Toth, bass; Anthony Toth, drums; Clay Lyons & Erena Terakubo, alto saxophone; Judith Barrett, percussion; Kurt Rosenwinkel & Nir Felder, guitar; Chad Selph, keyboards. At first listen, I had a 1950 & 1960 jazz flash-back and I mean that … Read More